Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook: A Master Baker's 300 Favorite Recipes for Perfect-Every-Time Bread-From Every Kind of Machine

Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook: A Master Baker's 300 Favorite Recipes for Perfect-Every-Time Bread-From Every Kind of Machine


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Can the incomparable taste, texture, and aroma of handcrafted bread from a neighborhood bakery be reproduced in a bread machine? When Beth Hensperger, one of America's most respected authorities on bread, first set out to try, she had doubts. Then she spent hundreds of hours testing all kinds of breads in a bread maker, and her answer turned out to be a resounding "Yes!"

In this big and bountiful book full of more than 300 recipes, she reveals all the simple secrets for perfect bread, every time. No matter how you slice it, Beth's brilliant recipes add up to a lifetime of fun with your bread machine!

Recipes include:

  • Whole Wheat Bread
  • Gluten Free Bread
  • Sourdough Bread
  • Nut Bread
  • Cheese Bread
  • Pizza and Focaccia
  • Coffee Cakes and Sweet Roll
  • Chocolate Bread

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558321564
Publisher: Harvard Common Press, The
Publication date: 04/28/2000
Series: Non
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 101,543
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.75(d)

About the Author

Beth Hensperger, a New Jersey native who has lived in California since her teens, has been educating, writing, and demo-lecturing about the art of baking for over 30 years. In the last few years, she has shifted focus to countertop appliance-driven cookbooks that embrace adapting traditional and professional recipes for the home cook: the bread machine, the rice cooker, the microwave, and a four-volume compilation specifically for use with the electric slow cooker, stressing personal creativity in preparation and selection of ingredients. Hensperger is the author of over 22 cookbooks, including the best-selling Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook series, which includes NYMSC Recipes for Entertaining, NYMSC Family Favorites, and NYMSC Recipes for Two, along with the blockbuster first volume, Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook. Her other books include highly-acclaimed titles such as The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook, The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook, NYM Microwave Cookbook, and NYM Weeknight Cooking. She is also the author of The Bread Bible (Chronicle Books), winner of a James Beard Award in 2000. She has twice been nominated for the Julia Child/IACP Cookbook Award. Hensperger wrote a San Jose Mercury News food column for twelve years, Baking with the Seasons. She is a contributor to dozens of national and online cooking & lifestyle magazines, such as Food & Wine, Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine, Veggie Life, Cooking Light, Working Woman, Victoria, Prevention, and Family Circle, and is a sought after newspaper and radio interviewee speaking on slow cooking, bread baking, and entertaining. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Visit her website at and blog at

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Candela59 More than 1 year ago
I just bought this book yesterday. I just started baking with a bread machine and was having issues with the quality of the finished product. After getting recipes from online sites I decided to invest in a bread machine cookbook. I can't say enough about this book. I'm a huge collector of cookbooks and this one may be my favorite so far in a 100+ book library. I sat down with the book intending to just give it a quick glance and wound up spending 3 hours "reading" this book! My bread machine bit the dust and I'm awaiting my new one so I haven't been able to put the recipes to the test yet. I have noticed one big difference in Beth's recipes, they all use vital wheat gluten. I hoping that this addition will solve my problem of dense, heavy loaves. The VWG should give the bread some rise and lightness. Can't wait to get started!
ElizabethAdams More than 1 year ago
I am notoriously selective about the purchase of cookbooks in general, insisting that they actually offer an amount and depth of information that truly adds to my current bookshelf, recipe repetoire and knowledge base, with a majority of recipes that will be acceptable to my household of picky eaters and my own broad tastes, without an undue amount of overly overdone recipes. They must be practical. And I long ago discovered the pleasures of using a bread machine, whether merely to mix and knead or to completely make my bread, rolls, and so forth. This book scores a homerun on every count. For rank beginners, it offers a highly detailed recipe for the basic bread-baking strategies of the standard white bread, whole wheat breads and breads using a starter of some sort. Then it goes on to offer a wealth of variations on each type. The ingredients are explained in the beginning section of the book. For someone who may be using an automatic bread machine for the first time, Beth Hensperger well explains the basics in language that is clear and well-organized. She even describes the important differences between machines, and how to work with each. She offers "sampler loaf" recipies - one pound loaves of breads that can serve as a daily loaf of fresh bread, or as a tester loaf for the wary baker. For an experienced bread machine baker, the book is organized in a way that makes it very easy to jump in and start baking. Recipe lists are clear. Recipe notes for each bread add additional information that are useful, frequently include suggestions for variations, and often entertain the reader. Recipes do not include ingredients that are difficult to find, and often include simple substitutions that truly bring the list into the capabilities of any neighborhood grocery store chain. There is a nice amount of white space in the layout for each recipe - where I like to note the date I first baked it, the general reaction to the loaf, and any options or variations I used when baking it. As an avid annotator of my cookbooks, I am pleased that even after this initial note, there remains enough space to accomodate any additional cursory notes I am likely to make in the coming years. The back third of the book is breads made using prized fresh produce or dairy products, sweet breads, quick breads and an outstanding section with simple toppings for breads. The book is completed with trouble-shooting sections, source information in the unlikely event that you are unable to find something - or more likely, are branching out to try, say, cherry honey in your Honey Bread recipe, and an excellent index. It even has a few recipes for what to do in the event you have leftover bread - something that is inconceivable to me. I am completely satisfied with my purchase of this book, as is my family. I look forward to continuing toward my goal to make every recipe in the book, becase there isn't a single one that won't be a hit at my house...well, maybe the one with olives in it...The Dutch Sugar Loaf was a huge hit. I really can't imagine anyone would go wrong with purchasing this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before I bought this book, my bread machine was collecting dust and taking up valuable counter space. Everything you need to know about this appliance is in Beth's book. Her recipes are wonderful. She has even taken the quesswork out of recipe conversions. Her chapter on Whole Grains is fabulous. Well done !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have bought several bread machine cookbooks. This is the best one I have ever come across. It is the only book I use to make bread...I am giving all my other bread machine books away. This is a winner!
OddArmyDad66 More than 1 year ago
This has so many wonderful recipes. I think it is a great value.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed this book ad have used it on several occasions. I generall would perfer to make bread by hand, but then this book still allows you to that as well as bake in the bread machine. This is just one of the best bread books that I own and I own several.
E_l_e_n_a More than 1 year ago
Easy to follow recipes. Helpful tips, but no pictures. There is lots of information on breads, ingredients and bread machines, tips on what to do with leftovers and etc. didn't read a word.... but all the recipes i've tried this far resulted in nice and tasty bread
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book, along with the Bread Bible by the same author, on the recommendation of a friend of mine who bakes a LOT of bread. I recently received a bread machine as a gift, and it has gotten a lot of use in the week that it's been in our house thus far! I found Ms. Hensperger's recipes and information very clear and easy to follow, and the naan I made from her recipe came out spot on for taste and texture! There are many recipes in the book that I can't wait to try out! I highly recommend this book to folks who have bread machines.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has it all ---- from how to choose a bread machine to best meet your needs, to recipe conversions, to troubleshooting. I love the diversity of the recipes - whole grains, sour doughs, etc, even ideas for using your leftover bread. In addition, it is attractive and in an easy to read format. I originally borrowed it from the library. After browsing through it I immediately went to my local B&N and bought it! P.S. My family especially loves the honey whole wheat recipe. After my mother-in-law tried the bread, she decided she needed a bread machine!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great recipes.
tweetieCT More than 1 year ago
This book is so well researched and informative, and it's delivered in such a knowledgeable way. There is just about any bread imaginable, and for those with breadmakers with multiple capabilities (making chutneys, etc..) this book is a must have. I have a very basic bread machine and I find this book to be fabulous. All the breads I've made so far have been delicious, although I am partial to some of course! It's a great book to add to anyone's libraries of food-based resources. The illustrations are few, but the author makes up for it in easy-to-understand directions. I would highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The recipe selection is fantastic - everything I've made has turned out beautifully and tastes extremely good. I highly recommend this cookbook as absolutely essential to anyone with a bread machine!
Gwendydd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jam-packed with so much good information! I actually hardly use the recipes - I find this book useful for all the information it has about how bread machines work, how bread-baking works, and how to get the best breads out of your machine. If you like experimenting with bread recipes instead of just following recipes by rote, this book is essential.
jafael on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Every recipe I've ever made has come out perfectly and is amazingly tasty. Excellent book, truly excellent. Recipes in here for any and every kind of bread you can think to make, and with such delicious results, I stopped buying bread in the store.
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